All posts by Greg at Gotham

Gothic Sconce Lamps — Gone Brass!

I made these two sets of gothic-inspired stained glass sconce lamps in the late 1990’s, to grace the walls of a heritage loft condominium I lived in on King St. West in Toronto. 

(It’s Name?  Gotham Lofts.  Go figure. )

One set above features “HOT” amber, orange, red and yellow shades (3 lamps per sconce); the other below, “COOL” blue and green (2 lamps per sconce).

At that time, what I spun in creative ability –  to stretch the capabilities of cold-working 2-dimensional glass into these multi-layers orbs – I lacked in prowess to source and assemble complimentary fixtures to accommodate them. 

You can see what I mean in my archived posts on these pieces:

Hot Tri-Shade Sconces
Cool Bi-Shade Sconces

I used modified exterior spot light bases from a hardware store!  Not bad considering what I had to work with.

Now that I’m sourcing a wide variety of traditional and contemporary lamp parts from the US, I’ve produced my own fixtures for these lovely one-of-a kind pieces.   See what I mean below.

These art lamps have been in my personal collection these past twenty years (hard to believe I’ve been making glass art that long!)

I’m offering these pieces now for sale at my studio at the upcoming Studio Tour King on the April 22+ 23 weekend. 

Why?  

Because I made them for a setting that I no longer live in!  For 11 years I’ve been enjoying heritage home life in King Township! I love these lamps and I’d like to see them enjoyed in a setting fitting the one that inspired me to make them. 

It’s time they made statements of their own in a complimentary setting – like a special heritage loft condominium or conversion! 

Could that be you?

Here are some detailed photos of these pieces if you are curious:

Corporate Gifts + Awards

Have a corporate awards event coming up, and need a unique, memorial piece for each recipient?

How about a special gift for someone distinguished?

Look no further!

I’ve served many customers over the past 10 years in custom designing and making “one off”, unique gifts for one or several recipients.  And I’ve designed budget-conscious awards for larger numbers of recipients. 

Please see the examples I show below.  Certainly you’ll want to talk to me about how to help make your award programme special, or how to distinguish your special gift recipient with something lasting and and as unique as their own recognition.

Please Contact me to discuss your needs!

And enjoy the photos below.  The “mosaic” galleries are a means to show additional images of these works, plus some “in process” shots on occasion to show you the diversity I can bring to a gift series!

Business Card Holders

 

Decorative Plates

 

Smart Phone + Tablet Cradles

 
Commemorative Awards of Distinction

 
Special Awards of Distinction with that extra “WOW” factor


Please see Apparent Movement  and Apparent Movement – The Making Of for more on this very special 6-piece corporate award for a celebrated team endeavour.

Come see my latest works!

Yes the annual Studio Tour King is around the corner, this year the weekend of April 22nd and 23rd.

You can see more information on the Tour on the Arts Society King (ASK) website here. There are 51 artists at 26 locations – a record on both counts for the show.

Many visitors also enjoy seeing the state of my wife and my various perennial gardens that surround my Gotham Glassworks Studio, which include a 40-plant hybrid tea rose garden (I take care of that one). 

My studio is in the rear yard of “Doctor Kay’s House” on Main Street Schomberg, a heritage home occupied by this long standing and well known Doctor from about 1909 to 1953.

See you there!  I’m excited to show off my latest lighting creations.

Please Contact me if you need a printed brochure.

Click for Studio Tour Website and Downloadable Brochure

 

A downloadable version of the Tour brochure is available on the ASK Website.

Lighting Showcase!

If you’ve been watching my Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and indeed, my previous posts on this blog, (see left sidebar for all the links!) you’ll have figured out that I’m specializing in some very exciting lighting concepts!  And … I’m targeting Toronto’s diverse and rich restaurant industry.

Here’s what I mean, with more to follow below:
 

 

I’ve been doing lighting applications – both stained glass and fused –  for some time now.  In fact I have a category on this blog for my fused glass lighting works and another for my stained glass lighting works.  You may enjoy a look at how my style has evolved over the last 20 years. Continue reading Lighting Showcase!

Fused Glass Art Lamps – Custom Made to Delight

I’ve made custom lighting over the 20 years I’ve been doing glass art (if you dig into my blog post history you’ll see several examples).

After talking with past, present and prospective customers, not to mention visiting various design trade shows and reading all the trade magazines you likely do, I realized that I can do better than much of what I was seeing!

But … I needed a supplier of not only the electrical hardware components to produce a complete product offering:  I also needed a local metal supplier who can manufacture bent steel rods and associated fittings to my design.

I now have both!  And am I ever excited.

This 4-fixture “chandelier” is but a mere prototype. Continue reading Fused Glass Art Lamps – Custom Made to Delight

THIS WEEKEND! ASK Studio Tour: Gotham Glassworks is Open

Does your house or condo need some accent or task lighting?  Tired of the same-old-same-old  IKEA, Home Depot and Canadian Tire varieties of pendant lights?

I’ve been working hard to develop more decorative art glass lighting! Teal is a top designer colour choice for 2016. Continue reading THIS WEEKEND! ASK Studio Tour: Gotham Glassworks is Open